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HSE urges legionella awareness as UK begins lockdown easing

19 May 2020

Calls for monitoring of water quality by local authorities and industry experts have been further endorsed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Concerns have been raised over recent weeks over the potential impact of the Covid-19 lockdown, warning this may have allowed legionella bacteria to increase.

The latest HSE advice reminds FMs, employers, landlords and those in control of facilities of their duty to identify and control legionella risks.

It advises that buildings that have been closed or experiencing reduced levels of activity over the recent lockdown period could have seen stagnation in water systems occur.

Legionella bacteria is known to proliferate in standing water with temperature ranges between 20 degrees and 60 degrees Celsius.

The HSE draws particular attention to both hot and cold water systems, cooling towers and evaporative condensers and commercial spa pools and hot tubs.

These are the three most common areas seen to have been the source of outbreaks in the last 10 years.

Those wishing to view the HSE legionella guidance can do so here.

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